"I can't look at Ramon sexually. He's 8 years older than my father," said H', the soldier kissed by former justice minister Haim Ramon, during an interview with Channel 10 on Wednesday evening, following the former justice minister's earlier conviction of committing an indecent act against the 21 year old. When asked why she was reluctant to press charges, H' cited the media treatment of A' in President Moshe Katsav's sexual assault case. More on the Ramon verdict:
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"Initially I didn't want to complain. The Katsav case just blew wide open and I saw what [the media] was doing to A'. I didn't want the exposure, photographers chasing me in the street," H' said.
H' added that Ramon distorted the truth to stain her reputation and diminish her credibility. Regarding the confrontation in court between the two, H' said: "A minister in the Israeli government sits and makes up an imaginary tale."
H' also rejected suggestions that the Ramon case was a plot to oust him from office.
"There is no conspiracy; the incident really happened, so how can there be a conspiracy," H' said.
H' also rejected the testimonies of the witnesses who threw her character into doubt by quoted the soldier as expressing an admiration for Ramon's personality and appearance.
"It's a joke. It [the cafeteria conversation] never happened. What I believe happened is that Ramon looked for 'nasty' details about me. He called me a liar in court [based on these testimonies]."
H' was then asked if she felt any pity towards Ramon.
"I don't know if I have any compassion left for him. Because of all the slander I suffered at the hands of the media I'm now thinking about myself," she said.
"The media was wrong," H' continued. "They should do some serious soul-searching. They called me a bimbo, a flirt, just because I refused to give interviews. It's my right to safeguard my privacy."